Man carrying waste without a licence fined

At Barnstaple Magistrates on 4th August Jason Vickers was found guilty (in his absence) of the following offence: Failure to produce authority to transport waste under the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989.

Following an investigation carried out by Torridge District Council that involved 3 individuals being interviewed under caution, Jason Vickers, admitted that he had been paid to collect waste and failed to dispose of it in an approved manner. The waste was all non-domestic and included a 6ft fridge freezer, car parts, building and green waste totalling 220 kilos. The waste was reported on the 19th December 2019.

Mr Vickers admitted in interview that he had collected the waste and that he did not have a Waste Carriers Licence or any permits issued by the Environment Agency. A Fixed Penalty Notice for £300 was issued to Mr Vickers on the 4th March 2020 for the offence which he had accepted at the time it was issued. Later Mr Vickers stated that he could not pay the Fixed Penalty Notice and was advised that he would have to go to court and the issue dealt with as a criminal matter.

On the 4th August 2020 Mr Vickers was expected to attend court but did not show and the case was held in his absence. Mr Jason Vickers was found guilty in his absence having previously admitted the offence and was ordered to pay a £500 fine, £790 Costs and a £50 victim surcharge totalling £1,340 with 28 days to pay.

If residents are using third parties to dispose of waste they are reminded to check that they’re licensed or their waste can end up fly-tipped, and householders run the risk of action being taken against them as a result.

Councillor Ken James – Leader of the Council and Lead Member for the Environment said: “Once again Torridge District Council has sent out a clear message to those that continue to flout the rules on the correct collection and disposal of waste; those people who do not follow the rules will be brought to justice. We are fortunate enough to live in a fantastic environment and it is vital that the Council and the public continue to work together and remain vigilant to protect it.”

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